'Legacy implementation is key to the peace process’ – O’Neill
Full implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House is key to writing a new chapter of the peace process, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said today.
Michelle O’Neill was speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s submission to the public consultation on planned legislation to address the legacy of the conflict.
“Full implementation of legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House is key to realising the potential of the peace process,” she commented.
“They must be implemented and they must be operated on the basis of equality, dignity and respect for all.
“That will create the very real potential to write the words of a new chapter of the peace process. Such an opportunity must not be squandered.
“This will require all sides to acknowledge, uphold and protect the rights of all victims. It will require a collective focus on healing all the wounds of the past. It will require affirmation, sensitivity and generosity. It will require thinking and actions that are not defined by sectarian, sectional, party political or self-interest. It will require political leadership.
“Now is the time to engage with the past.
“But it is also time to build for the future.”